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Tom Jones

Tom Jones
Tom Jones


Tom Jones teaches English literature at the University of St Andrews. His academic work emphasises the contribution poetry can make to philosophical and linguistic understandings of language, and focuses on the first half of the eighteenth century, and the second half of the twentieth century. He has given readings in Brighton, London, Cambridge and Glasgow, and had poems published in Blackbox Manifold Transcript, Quid and Prague Literary Review.



Newport-on-Tay 2012

These recordings were made in Newport-on-Tay on 12-13 October 2012.

The Punk Star Tuba


Poetry and translation

  • Mealy Bloom (Cambridge: Mountain, 2012) [includes a reprint of Transactions Grotesques]
  • Akhmatova (Enfield: Perdika, 2007)
  • Transactions Grotesques (Cambridge: Barque, 2002)

Academic books

  • Poetic Language: Theory and Practice from the Renaissance to the Present (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012)
  • Pope and Berkeley: The Language of Poetry and Philosophy (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005)

Sample Text

What a waste


of peanut brittle

the way it's used

to house tree stumps

in the streets


of the old

thin bacon marking

a turning reservation


of things giant

like the holy

icing ball furniture

sculpture near galleries

no figure now

comestibles are public

of milled potato

for rebuilding parliaments


enterprise requires tools

not many have

for reducing iterable

constituents to paste

so much adheres

to the vents

under the blade

or the fingers


putty is thrown

into its chamber

of the room

given volumes contain


of the figure

precise humidities record

the exact moment

those words spoken

achieve certain frequencies


of intromission

and expression

equating to what

is being said

then whole people

start to make

paste themselves

though ill timed

well resourced people

you want next door

as a condition


of any freight

that feeling that

emotion the carrier

needs transported but

boxes are wasted

packing so much

air that doesn't

even address impact

but why anyway

tamp sweet protein

to mask roots

saltpetre road paint


address to change


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